My car starting shaking and sputtering this past Sunday (sounds about right since its fever season and all). Upset that I will have to again spend some money on her (and yes my car’s a she), I took some money that I had saved and spent it on the problem I was having.

My cousin came over to look at my car with me and he came to the conclusion that all the shakes and sputtering were from the loss of energy from the spark plugs and the spark plug wires. Whew…not HUGE problem and the parts will only cost around $50.

spark plug

He told me what to do and change and I changed them….pretty simple. A job I’m sure I would have been charged heavily for at an auto repair place. My psychology degree couldn’t help me fix my car problems.

Here’s a short story from Eileen K. Van Kavelaar that I also enjoy that speaks to this issue…I think.

A boastful Peacock met a Crane one day and tried to impress him with his colorful tail. As he spread his tail to reveal all its beautiful colors, he said, “I dare you to compare even one of your dull feathers with any of mine! I have more colors than the most glorious rainbow! How can your feathers begin to compare with mine?”

At that moment the Crane spread his wings and flew up into the sky. “Follow me if you can,” he said. But the Peacock was destined to remain with the barnyard birds and could only watch in awe as the Crane soared higher and higher into the horizon.

The useful is of much more importance and value than the ornamental.

“It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.”
-Zig Ziglar

What knowledge do you have that you should probably be using right now? What knowledge do you need that could help you right now?
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